*The Ireland team including Luke Murphy (8) & Emmet Calvey (18) celebrates after Danny Sheahan scores their fourth try, INPHO/Ben Brady. 

IRELAND’s U20 6 Nations team recorded their third win in as many games on Friday evening with two Clare men seeing action.

Newmarket-on-Fergus’ Emmet Calvey made his 6 Nations debut during their comprehensive 43-8 win over Wales on Friday night while Cratloe’s Luke Murphy maintained his place in the starting fifteen for the first time.

Ireland have already beaten France 37-31 and Italy 23-22 before recording their third win of the campaign.

Luke Murphy.

At number eight on the side once again was Luke Murphy who plays his club rugby with Shannon RFC. The nineteen year old was introduced as a substitute during the opening round against France but was rewarded with a first start against Italy, he retained this starting berth for their win over Wales.

Luke was replaced following sixty seven minutes by Tom Brigg.

Calvey was a late addition to the matchday squad with his call-up confirmed on Thursday night.

It didn’t deter Head Coach Richie Murphy from using the Newmarket-on-Fergus man and Emmet was called into action with fifty two minutes played in front of a record crowd of 8,400 at Virgin Media Park in Cork.

Emmet was introduced in the front-row for Patreece Bell at tighthead prop. He is also eligible to represent the U20s next year.

Currently lining out with Shannon RFC, he was part of the Ireland U19 squad which underwent a training camp at the IRFU High Performance Centre from December 27th to December 29th. He was joined for this camp by Killaloe’s Oisin Minogue who is a student at St Munchin’s College. During his time in Ardscoil Rís, Emmet’s performances in the Munster Senior Cup led him to getting recruited to the Ireland U18 Schools side in 2022.

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